My wife is starting a residency in Asia in ~13 months, and I am planning to move with her. It feels like the opportunity of a lifetime, and I've already started learning the language. We currently live in the US, the residency is only 3 months long, and we'll move back to the US when she finishes. But I'm worried how to make this actually happen with my career, and how to bring it up with my employer.
I'm optimistic that my current employer will let me work in Asia for 3 months. My current tenure is 4 years, I have a great reputation, and the company is 100% remote (but based in the US). I feel independent enough that I can work from an Asia timezone. But when and how should I bring this up with my manager? Are there any resources or framework for making this kind of decision?
I'm thinking about presenting it as less of a choice, and more of a family situation, but I'd love to hear other opinions. It's a startup, so there is no official policy, other than a "personal, non-medical, unpaid leave". I'd be willing to take that if possible. I'm thinking about bringing this up to my manager ~6 months before I plan to leave.
Also, I've been applying to new jobs. While I'm happy at my current job, I'm eager to try something new, perhaps at a more prestigious company. But I'm not sure how moving to Asia will affect a new job. It feels like a stretch to start a new job, build enough rapport in a few months, then request working from Asia for 3 months. I have ~9 years of experience, a regular OSS contributor, so I feel confident in ramping up quickly. Maybe it can work? Or maybe I can find a company that will agree up front about my relocation plans?